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UTA In The News — Monday, May 14, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

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Celebrating graduation

Oscar-nominated actor James Franco delivered the goods as the keynote speaker at Friday night’s Graduation Celebration at UT Arlington, according to The Dallas Morning News’ Scoop Blog. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram also reported on his appearance and Graduation Celebration. Franco told UT Arlington’s record class of grads he gets a “contact high” just being around colleges and graduates and education has made him a better actor, listener and communicator. "Education, more than anything else, gives you an opportunity of choice," Franco said.

Outstanding graduate profiled

UT Arlington graduate Pinaki Bose was featured in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about area graduations. Bose was set to pick up a Bachelor of Science in chemistry Sunday at College Park Center. It was to be his second graduation in less than a year -- last December he took home a Bachelor of Science with honors in biochemistry and minors in mathematics and biology. His next stop is Boston University, where he'll go straight into a doctorate program.

Review for an "inspired recording"

On his new cd "The Heart of the Geyser," UT Arlington associate professor of music and pianist Dan Cavanagh shows that he can put together a very simpatico piano trio for an inspired recording, according to a review on All About Jazz. Along with drummer Joe McCarthy and bassist Linda Oh, Cavanaugh has produced a surprisingly fine set of sounds without a long-established track record, the review said.

Researchers examine sustainability and health

High carbon emissions correlate with poorer reproductive health among women in nine countries of 74 assessed, two UT Arlington social work professors have found in research reported by the website City Connect. FangHsun Wei, an adjunct professor of social work, and Vijayan Pillai, a professor of social work, used statistical regression analysis to look at the effects of various causative factors on selected and well-measured outcomes. Their work is being published in the International Journal of Sustainable Society.

Early voting starts

Early voting in the May 29 primaries starts today and runs through May 25, according to the Fort Worth- Star-Telegram. But some worry that there may be a lackluster turnout because of the late date -- resulting from redistricting fights and legal battles that delayed the election twice -- as well the fact that the presidential nomination is essentially settled in both parties. "The big excitement factor of 2008 is not here," said Tom Marshall, a political science professor at The University of Texas at Arlington. "There is no presidential election going on in Texas; this is not our regular time. ... This is not a feel-good year.” Early voting takes place on the UT Arlington campus next week.

Fulbright Scholars noted

The Dallas Business Journal’s Executive People on the Move section featured Alusine Jalloh, UT Arlington associate professor of history and director of The Africa Program, and Ritu Khanduri, UT Arlington assistant professor of anthropology. Both have been named Fulbright Scholars.

Honoring an outstanding adviser

University of Texas at Arlington adviser Dennis Veit has been awarded the Certificate of Merit of the Outstanding Advising Award -- Primary Advising Role -- by the National Academic Advising Association, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Work Faces column reported.

Future fraud busters funded

Students from UT Arlington and other local universities have been awarded $500 scholarships to study criminology or accounting to prepare them for future fraud busting, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Watchdog Bytes column reported. Community Trust bank is making the scholarships on behalf of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Graduate pens book with rock star

Alamo curator Bruce Winders was featured in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about singer Phil Collins’ collection of Alamo artifacts. Winders, who has two degrees from The University of Texas at Arlington, wrote an essay for Collins’ new book "The Alamo and Beyond, A Collector's Journey." The story ran in several other newspapers, including the Modesto Bee and Kansas City Star.